This is the second book in this series and one of my most anticipated reads for this year. After reading ‘It Happened One Summer’ (the first book) one of my best reads of 2021, my expectations were high.
This is a friends to lovers/close proximity romance story that follows Hannah and Fox. They both met through Brendan (Fox’s best friend) and Piper (Hannah’s sister) and quickly became friends. Although Hannah has had a crush on her boss for a long time and Fox has a reputation with women, they are still both aware that there is an attraction between them. They are however, determined not to explore whatever it is, afraid it would damage their great friendship and also affect other close relationships they have with Piper and Brendan. This is a story about friendship, love, overcoming fears and taking chances.
This was supposed to be an easy and quick read especially when this is one of my favorite romance troupes but I didn’t get the same vibes as I did while reading the first book. Perhaps it was because it took me a while to get into the book. Then there was the fact that I wasn’t totally sold out to the two main characters. I didn’t dislike them but I didn’t looove them either. As always, Tessa Bailey brings it home with her steamy scenes and a great plot but I guess my expectations were too high and it didn’t just meet up to them. I liked that the story highlighted how men can also be objectified by women and how that affects the way they feel about themselves and I think more stories should be told from this POV. The last few chapters had more action than most of the book and this eventually made up for the slow start.
Ultimately, it was an okay-ish read but it didn’t hold me or give me something to look forward to whenever I dropped it. I will still recommend this book but if you have read the first book, you may need to come into this one with an open mind.
Rating: 3 Stars
Published: March 1st 2022 by Avon Books
New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey can solve all problems except for her own, so she focuses those efforts on stubborn, fictional blue collar men and loyal, lovable heroines. She lives on Long Island avoiding the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of dirty talk,” by Entertainment Weekly, Tessa writes with spice, spirit, swoon and a guaranteed happily ever after. Catch her on TikTok at @authortessabailey or check out tessabailey.com for a complete list of books.
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